• Cybersecurity

    Which Anti-Virus Should I Use?

    Which anti-virus should I get? If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this I could at least have a very fun weekend. This is one of the most difficult questions for me to answer when my friends and family ask. It is not cut and dry that one is king of the hill, but rather there are multiple hills each with their own king. How much do you want to spend? That is usually the first major question I respond with. Most times I get the response of “$0”. If you truly cannot afford to pay for anti-virus or just are not that concerned with anti-virus, I…

  • Cybersecurity

    What’s the Difference? Dark Web and Deep Web Explained.

    Here recently I have heard about the dark web, and the deep web being talked about or brought up in commercials on TV. But, in most cases it has seemed like the understanding of what they are is a little confusing, resulting in the target audience to become confused. So, to explain there are three different “layers” of the internet. The surface web, the deep web, and the dark web.  We will give a few brief explanations of them here. The Surface web is the internet service that allows everyone to see and use on a day to day basis. You can find it simply by opening the browser of…

  • Cybersecurity

    Beware: Free Flash Drives

    Have you been to a networking event, conference, or convention where there is a company giving away free flash drives? Have you ever been walking around and found a flash drive on the ground? If so here is why this is the one piece of free swag I will never take, and I will never pick up those flash drives. Some of the largest incidents of malware attacks in history have come from infected flash drives. Companies love to order these in bulk, get them branded, and then give them away as swag at events. They are cheap, and people always think they could use another flash drive. Attacks are…

  • Tech Tips

    Stop Spending Money on Programs you Don’t Need

    How do you protect yourself from being a victim of malware, phishing, and internet scams? I so commonly see big box stores such as Best Buy to buy a new laptop. There is ultimately nothing wrong with going to a big box store for your laptops or desktops; often they have good specials on decent equipment. The only problem is they load you up with add-on software and expensive services you simply don’t need. For as long as I can remember they have bundled their computers with a year subscription of whichever anti-virus company was willing to give them the best deal. It does not mean this is the best…